DIXON – Little kids in Dixon will again have a place to go to giggle at frolicking ferrets, squealing guinea pigs, and “Finding Nemo” lookalikes.
A Pet Supplies Plus store will open in May in the County Market/Shopko shopping center in the 1300 block of North Galena Avenue, its parent company, Niemann Foods, announced in a news release Monday.
The “plus” refers to the fish and small animals that will be sold at the store, which will be in the 6,000-square-foot space immediately south of County Market that once was occupied by Dollar Video.
Pet Supplies will employ about 10 full- and part-time workers, said Gerry Kettler, Niemann’s director of consumer affairs.
An 11,500-square-foot Pet Supplies Plus opened in May 2010 at Northland Mall in Sterling. PSP stores also can be found in Quincy, Champaign, Jacksonville, Danville and Pekin, Kettler said.
The new addition to the family suits Sterling store Director Jen Estes just fine.
“It’s a good thing,” Estes said. “It surprises me how wide our customer base is. A lot of people come in from Dixon and even farther.”
Dixon Mayor Jim Burke was “very pleased” by the news.
“Well, that’s wonderful,” Burke said. “That is one more store in that shopping complex, and I think it will lead to some good things. It will help get the rest of that center filled up and will help spur some things out there.
“Also, our sales tax revenue is doing very nicely, and this will help that.”
Although pet supplies are readily available at several local stores, Dixon has been without a small animal pet store since Lorne’s Fish Hatchery and Pets closed in summer 2012.
Quincy-based Niemann Foods also owns County Market and Save A Lot.
Pet Supplies Plus plans to open in early May at 1368 N. Galena Ave. It will sell brand name and specialty feeding products, along with a full assortment of supplies and toys. There will be a fish, bird and small animal section as well.
It will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Those interested in a full- or part-time position can apply online at www.petsuppliesplus.com as the opening nears, said Gerry Kettler, Niemann Foods director of consumer affairs.